The latest in nail art skips the laborious DIY process, and allows wearers to apply elaborate patterns in minutes. Nail Fraud is an "instant nail art" product available in 8 different styles. It works like this: remove the adhesive backing of the waterproof applique and apply directly to your fingernail, just like a sticker.
Nail foils aren't an entirely new concept (see products like Minx), but Nail Fraud skips the heat activation step, required by some of the other products.
Beautopia offers a few application tips:
- Picking your nail's size is a little more tricky than Minx, or something like Incoco Dry Nail Appliques, because they're stuck on a piece of plasticky paper so you sort of have to guess, as opposed to something like Minx where the backing is cut to the form of the applique itself.
- Once you have selected your size, apply to the nail starting at the cuticle and smooth it down and across the nail as you work toward the free edge.
- Fold the excess Nail Fraud over the edge of the nail and use the included (adorable) file to file it off. I start by filing the middle, pulling the excess sticker taut, then adjust the excess to one side, hold it taut then file that side, then repeat on the other.
- I also use the Shine portion of a 4-way buffer to smooth the sticker down really well. This helps in case you've got a wrinkle or two.
- When you're ready to take them off, gently and slowly pull the stickers off!
(P.S. If you prefer the old fashioned way, WonderHowTo has 570+ nail art tutorials and growing.)